And yet, strong as this evidence may seem to be, we should hesitate to peril our own conscience on the assertion, that the Judge and the consenting
world were right, and that poor Hepzibah with her solitary prejudice was wrong.
It made me, the sound of the words, in which it seemed to me that I caught for the very first time a small faint quaver of consenting
consciousness--it made me drop on my knees beside the bed and seize once more the chance of possessing him.
He said he would show by a chain of circumstantial evidence without break or fault in it anywhere, that the principal prisoner at the bar committed the murder; that the motive was partly revenge, and partly a desire to take his own life out of jeopardy, and that his brother, by his presence, was a consenting
accessory to the crime; a crime which was the basest known to the calendar of human misdeeds--assassination; that it was conceived by the blackest of hearts and consummated by the cowardliest of hands; a crime which had broken a loving sister's heart, blighted the happiness of a young nephew who was as dear as a son, brought inconsolable grief to many friends, and sorrow and loss to the whole community.
While I, to blind the world to our engagement, was behaving one hour with objectionable particularity to another woman, was she to be consenting
the next to a proposal which might have made every previous caution useless?
I say scarcely voluntary, for it seemed as if my tongue pronounced words without my will consenting
to their utterance: something spoke out of me over which I had no control.
Little Em'ly consenting
, and allowing me to kiss her, I became desperate; informing her, I recollect, that I never could love another, and that I was prepared to shed the blood of anybody who should aspire to her affections.